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2 WELCOME Panhandle Independent Living Center’s Travel Training Partnership

3 Transportation Challenges  In 2006, Amarillo City Transit projected potential cutbacks in para-transit services due to shrinking FTA dollars. ACT began looking for ways to move Spec-trans passengers into fixed- route vehicles – a training program to promote expanded use of accessible buses.

4 Regional Support  Identified by the Panhandle Regional Organization to Maximize Public Transportation (PROMPT)  One of seven priorities included in response to legislative mandates to develop regional transportation coordination plans.

5 Project Motivation  Transportation is vital to the independence of people with disabilities – especially those who work or have employment goals. The prospect of losing even some para-transit service caused a mild panic.  Municipal carriers must maintain ADA requirements to provide comparable para- transit services along with fixed-route; this includes “flex- route” programs which also need passenger training assistance.

6  An opportunity to improve mobility for youth in metropolitan areas and, for students in rural areas…  to acquaint them with transit options should they be able to attend college or find employment in Amarillo. Other Great Reasons…

7  Rural transportation is a common barrier, best illustrated in the Center’s summer youth program that spans a ten-week period.  Students living within the 26-county region are eligible to attend, but face little or no transportation to Amarillo.

8  Some school districts see the value in funding transportation for kids to attend the summer program. In some cases, Panhandle Transit can provide rides.  This translates into future mobility issues relating to rural employment, health care, higher education, etc.

9  Rural transportation is an on-going concern, but we do see rural and city students learning valuable travel skills they can hopefully apply to future employment and independent living skills.  Some our youth are using city transit services to access work sites; we also hope to see young people attending college.

10 Getting the Ball Rolling  Realizing the need to expand public transit awareness, a Travel Training project was endorsed by regional and municipal transportation planners including local TxDot personnel.  Travel Training was accepted as part of the Panhandle’s regional transportation coordination plan in 2006.  Two partners were already on board: The Amarillo City Transit & PRPC.  RFP’s for New Freedom Initiative funds were published by the Texas Department of Transportation

11 New Freedom Objectives  New Freedom Initiative embraces local transportation projects  New public transit services beyond those required by the ADA  Projects that promote new public transportation alternatives  Assists people with disabilities with accessing transit services including transportation to jobs and employment support services.  Training programs for individuals on awareness, and skills of using transportation options including travel training services

12  PILC’s Travel Training Program is currently in their 6 th year with another 2 year grant provided. To date- Over 2000 clients have been served with over 1500 field trainings provided to people with disabilities.

13 Forms that We Use

14 Thank You for Your Time

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